Posted: Apr 17, 2013 8:11 AM
MONTERREY, Mexico - At least seven bodies have been found in clandestine graves in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, where two drug cartels have been fighting a turf war for more than three years, authorities said Tuesday.
An official with Nuevo Leon state police investigators said a passer-by reported two bodies dumped along a riverbank in the town of Juarez, which is a suburb of Monterrey, Mexico's third-largest city.
Police arrived at the scene late Monday and discovered several clandestine graves in the area containing at least five other bodies and several body parts, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case.
The causes of death have not been determined, he said.
Authorities in Nuevo Leon, which is across the border from Texas, have usually been forthcoming about the violence caused by the fighting between the Zetas and Gulf drug cartels since the former allies split in 2010. But officials said little about their findings until late Tuesday.
The discovery coincided with a visit to Nuevo Leon by President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has been trying to reduce the attention paid to drug violence that has caused at least 70,000 killings since December 2006 and focus more on his economic and legal reforms.
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